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Book Blitz ~ Private Internship by Kitsy Clare: Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway!


Private Internship (An Art of Love Novel Book 2)

Private Internship by Kitsy Clare

(An Art of Love novel)
Published by: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: September 29th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

~Synopsis~

Sometimes sugar isn’t so sweet and secrets can be deadly . . . especially with matters of the heart.

Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty, practically shirtless and swinging from chains as he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.

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~Excerpt~

He locks his rich, hot-chocolate eyes on me, and studies my every curve and angle, seems to be piercing right through my skin into the alleys of my mind and heart. Curious, he’s so curious. I sense him asking where I’m from and why it took me so long to find him, and what kind of art I do, and whether I’ve ever sold it or gotten a review, or who I know, who I hang out with, and how much experience I’ve had in galleries, in school, in the world, in bed. My neck heats up. Did I just think that? Or was that something in his head that crossed wires and invaded mine? He’s close to me now, still staring boldly, when suddenly I feel his inner questions stop. And a wall, like one of those metal store gratings, clatters downward and slams. Closed for business, closed for questions, closed for good.

This, all before we’ve exchanged one word. When I come back into myself, I’m embarrassed to realize that I’m wringing my hands—the old-fashioned hysterical Victorian damsel in distress kind of wringing. I stop, immediately. Rub my sweaty palms on my dress. Buck up! I scold silently. And I extend my hand. “I’m Sienna. I’m your new intern.”

Casper Mason doesn’t take my hand. The nerve. He’s standing there, boldly, legs wide apart in some twisted warrior stance, arms folded across his wide chest. Jaw jutting out rebelliously, eyes daring me . . . to do what? So after an excruciating few seconds, I retract my hand.

“My new intern?” Caz mumbles as though an intern is a radioactive space rock or some otherworldly object and he never ordered one. “Well, it’s about time. That last one was a disaster.”

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~Author Interview~

How did you come up with the concept for Private Internship?

Private Internship is all about artists who live, love and work in New York City (and Brooklyn). I know this scene intimately because before I turned to writing novels as my main passion, I showed my paintings in galleries for years. In book two, Sienna lands a high-level internship with a rich, famous, and very bad-boy sculptor, Casper Mason. I set the novel in a real sugar factory that I lived near in Brooklyn. The place fascinated me. Caz creates installations there, using the piles of leftover sugar.

Is this book part of a series?

Yes, it is the second in my Art of Love series. The first is a novella called Model Position where artist Sienna has trouble deciding whether to date Erik, a mysterious live drawing model or Dave, the well-connected nephew of a trendy art dealer. Who would you choose? You don’t have to read the series in order.

 How do you choose your characters’ names?

I love thinking up names of characters and titles and I always think them up before I set to writing a manuscript. I choose very carefully, because it really does make a difference. The name has to be matched to the personality, to their purpose and quest. For instance, Sienna’s love interest in Private Internship is named Casper Mason, Caz for short. Why Casper? Well, he’s carrying a deep and shameful secret, and as a result he has become a ghost of his former self. The nickname Caz also fits because even though he’s troubled he has a fun, charismatic side for sure. Sienna was also chosen consciously. She’s a visual artist, and Sienna is actually a color—a rich earthy tone.

Do you write while you listen to music?

I rarely listen to music while I write, though I love to daydream about my characters with music as a backdrop. It’s odd to me, because when I used to paint I always listened to music. The acts of painting and writing are so similar in many ways (creative, visual, narrative), yet in that one aspect, they are different for me. That said, I enjoy thinking up playlists for my novels. A Private Internship playlist would include “Factory Girl” by the Stones, and Jena Irene’s version of “Bring me to Life” by Evanescence.

Do you write in other genres, or for other ages?

Yes, I write YA using my name Catherine Stine. I have a YA horror, Dorianna launching on October 24 with Evernight Teen. It’s a fresh twist for the Internet generation on Oscar Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Gray. Just in time for Halloween, too! I like writing for teens and adults.

Tell me something about you that may shock your readers?

I’m almost a music groupie, and I’ve met many a musician. To name a few: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Mark Anthony and Jamar Rogers from season two of the Voice. I’ve also gone to backstage parties with John McLaughlin, and the entire set of finalists for this year’s American Idol. Don’t believe me? Check out my recent Facebook photos. 🙂

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

A writer’s first job is to entertain. A writer’s second task is to pull a reader in through the characters’ emotions. I tell my students when I teach workshops that each scene must have an emotional heart. This also holds true for the novel as a whole. Part of the craft is voice, and the other is the ability to make us care deeply about the fictional world. Sometimes the characters are too formulaic. But even if they are interesting, if there’s not enough action or high stakes to propel the story, we don’t care enough. One must examine plot, voice, character and stakes—all of it to diagnose issues and revise properly. Take your time and polish your manuscript completely. Good luck!

A hint of what you’re working on next?

Well, I am crafting the plot for book three in The Art of Love series. Who will Sienna end up with? That is the pressing question! Any guesses? Plus, I am halfway through writing an historical paranormal set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. The lead is a witch, but she doesn’t know it—yet…

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~Author Bio~

Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a promising new adult author.” The next in her Art of Love series, Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.

Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. She’s a member of SFWA, RWA and SCBWI.

~Author Links~

Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Website | Kitsy’s Newsletter

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Book Blitz – Nomad by J.L. Bryan: Author Interview + Giveaway!



Nomad by J.L. Bryan 


Publication date:  July 26th 2013
Genre: NA time travel dystopian novel

Nomad

~Synopsis~

A new dystopian novel from the author of Jenny Pox – coming July 26.

They took every thing; her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven had spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when his is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.

~Author’s Bio~

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day servings the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic series.

His novel Jenny Pox is currently free on KindleSmashwordsAppleSonyKobo, and Nook!

~Author’s Links~

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

~Interview with J.L. Bryan~

First, tell us about yourself—where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I live in Georgia, where it’s rainy and warm and little green plants grow on top of everything. I’ve even found them growing on my car. I live with my wife, our ridiculously active two-year-old son, a Boston terrier, another dog that looks sort of like a kangaroo crossed with a dingo, and two cats that aren’t any specific breed, either. I am not very good at keeping up my lawn. I’d rather be reading a book.

How long have you been writing?

My elementary school had a “publishing company” where volunteer moms would bind up your poetry or stories into little books with colorful cardboard covers. I started writing stories then, in first or second grade. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve—it was called Dogboy and concerned a boy who dressed in a dog costume and mistakenly believed he was a superhero. I continued writing books (very bad, amateur books) for years and studied English literature and screenwriting in college. I published Jenny Pox in July 2010 and became a full-time novelist in November 2011.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

I know it’s strange, but I like to write at my desktop computer in my office. They haven’t yet invented a portable computer on which I enjoy writing; I think it has something to do with the keyboard. I like the keys to clack. When I’m editing, I like to print out a copy and take it somewhere else, like a coffee shop or a not-very-crowded bar. Being in a different environment helps me focus on reading the book, since I don’t have the whirlwind of distractions that I do at home (I mentioned the toddler, right?).

You’ve written the Jenny Pox books, which are sort of horror/paranormal, and the Songs of Magic series, which are silly stories about fairies. Your newest book, Nomad, is a “time-travel dystopian.” Why don’t you settle down and pick a genre?

I should, but I get distracted by shiny new ideas all the time. I don’t like to confine myself to just one kind of story. I think that if I keep exploring the story ideas that excite me, regardless of whether they fit what I’ve done before or whether they’re even marketable, I’m more likely to write something unique for readers to enjoy.

Why did you decide to write Nomad?

At first, I was testing out a certain unusual idea about time travel and what could happen if you create a paradox. As I began writing the story, I grew very interested in the main character. She grew up in a destroyed, war-torn future America, and I was interested in how such a hard childhood among rubble and ruins had shaped her. She had to scavenge to survive. When she travels back to 2013, she’s shocked at how plentiful and cheap everything is. She’s driven by her mission, but under all her scars, she has a strong heart. She’s intelligent. She’s a battle-hardened fighter. I really enjoyed writing that character.

What’s next for you?

I’m looking at a couple of horror/supernatural story ideas. My next book will be something darker, like Jenny Pox or Nomad, and then eventually I’ll write more of my fairy series. I don’t keep a very strict plan, I just write whichever story seems ready at the time.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog for the Book Blitz celebrating the release of Nomad!

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An extremely RARE interview with the Billionaire CEO, Christian Grey


ICYMI… a rare interview with Christian Grey…

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